The Cautious Canine

Whether your dog is afraid of the vacuum cleaner or defensively aggressive to visitors, using this booklet will result in a happier and better behaved dog. The Cautious Canine will:

•    Help create a safe environment for your dog and others
•    Illustrate that what’s called “aggression” is often fear
•    Show how to identify the subtle “triggers” that elicit fear
•    Help to turn your dog’s fear into happy anticipation
•    Show how to manage “surprises” that may set your dog back

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One of Dogwise’s “Top Ten Training Books,” The Cautious Canine has been used by over 80,000 dog lovers all over the world. Step by step, it clearly and concisely explains how to use classical conditioning to change “Oh No!” into “Oh boy!” There’s a lot of information in this 30 page booklet; use it as a guide and inspiration to a happier dog.

For more information on dog-dog reactivity (many dogs who are “dog-dog aggressive” are fearful), also see Feisty Fido and the Dog-Dog Reactivity DVD. See For the Love of a Dog to become an expert on “reading” dogs and knowing when your dog is nervous or anxious.

Who Should Buy

Trainers & Behaviorists
An essential guide in the library of thousands of trainers, this booklet increases your effectiveness by giving clients a clear, concise summary of effective and positive behavior modification. There’s a reason so many people have bought this booklet!

1st Time and Experienced Dog Owners
Equally useful for a novice and a seasoned professional, The Cautious Canine is a practical step-by-step guide that can help everyone stay on track. Whether the problem is growling at strangers or barking at unfamiliar dogs, this little booklet has turned tens of thousands of dogs from “trouble” to “best friends”.

Veterinarians/Veterinary Technicians
Help your clients address a common behavioral issue, and prevent a more serious one, with this simple, easy to follow booklet that is based on scientifically proven and humane methods.

Shelters/Rescues/Foster Homes
Increase the adoptability of nervous or fearful dogs by providing this easy to read booklet to their new families. Let The Cautious Canine help ensure consistency once a dog is in a new home, and increase its chance for a successful placement.


“This booklet saved my dog’s life and secured his place in my heart and home forever.”
-Karen Vogt

“This is one of the finest little gems in the dog behavior world—a practical, step-by-step guide to help desensitize and modify unwanted responses, while building confidence in your dog. This book’s advice is the very same approach I used to take my juvenile delinquent dog from a problem child to the National Service Dog of the Year.”
-Debi Davis, Amazon Customer Reviews

“Thirty pages is sufficient, for McConnell seems to have synthesized the most important points… in a simple, easy to follow manual. She introduces the points, how to do them (doesn’t just talk about them), and then gives scenarios, then summarizes the points at the end. She gives several personal examples to illustrate, and what I like especially—she doesn’t only include success stories. She’s encouraging, but completely realistic. And her advice is simple, so easy to follow. This booklet is worth every penny.”
-Star Tulip, Amazon Customer Reviews

Cautious Canine is another marvelous booklet by Dr. McConnell. I loved seeing my students’
dogs transformed after their owners start using Dr. McConnell’s methods. In just a matter of weeks
I will see dogs that start out in class hiding under a chair barking at everyone who got close to them,
to a dog who wants to greet everyone in class with a wagging tail.”
-Meredith Gage

Product Details

Description: Paperback
Publisher: McConnell Publishing, Ltd.
Edition: 2nd (2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1891767003
ISBN-13: 978-1891767005
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
Author: Patricia McConnell PhD
Publish Date: June 1, 1998
Number of Pages: 30

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